Wednesday 11 December 2019

Sharks' player pool boosted

World Cup winner Faf de Klerk is restored at scrum-half following his heroics in Japan and also present as one of nine changes is England's Tom Curry at openside (stock photo)
World Cup winner Faf de Klerk is restored at scrum-half following his heroics in Japan and also present as one of nine changes is England's Tom Curry at openside (stock photo)

Sale are bolstered by the return of two World Cup finalists as they look to ignite their Champions Cup challenge against La Rochelle today.

The Sharks were defeated 13-7 in their round one trip to Glasgow and must topple their Pool 2 rivals from France at the AJ Bell Stadium to stay in contention for a quarter-final place.

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World Cup winner Faf de Klerk is restored at scrum-half following his heroics in Japan and also present as one of nine changes is England's Tom Curry at openside.

Also back are Red Rose wings Chris Ashton and Denny Solomona, but Sale have confirmed that Josh Beaumont will be out for up to five months because of a serious knee injury that required surgery.

"It's fantastic to be back in the Champions Cup at the AJ Bell and after the disappointment of losing the arm wrestle at Glasgow, the lads will be looking to bounce back," director of rugby Steve Diamond said. Gloucester face an uphill task to progress after losing their opener against Toulouse and travel to Montpellier to revive their hopes.

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